Should Fostering Allowance Ever Be an Incentive to Foster?

There are many reasons that people decide to foster, and these range from wanting to help out a child in need to wanting to take on a challenging, but rewarding role for the betterment of society. With that said, many people are keen to find out if there is a financial allowance for carrying out such work to help children in care.

Indeed, in many countries there is a fostering allowance, which can vary according to nations and according to the region in that country too. With that said, many can be concerned that financial incentive is a prime motivator for fostering, and that this is not a good thing as the interests of the child are not kept at heart.

This is true in some sense, and not in others. Firstly, there is no denying that the fostering allowance is a major incentive for some. This, however, is not necessarily the reason for wanting to foster a child, but rather a major encouragement for them to do so. This is because fostering a child can be costly as well as very emotionally taxing and time consuming.

Although foster care is not necessarily a full time job, for many it will demand a great deal of time, especially with very young children who are not in full time education. For this reason, a financial supplement can be extremely beneficial and simply allow the carer to carry out their role as best they can.

Paying for the child can also be very costly when he or she needs new clothes or textbooks for school, and the fostering allowance exists in order to help the foster parent recoup these expenses. It is for this major reason that many people are concerned about the amount of the foster care allowance in their country, rather than being concerned with profiting from the system.

However, it is arguable that there are those who are tempted by the larger figures that some local authorities, governments or agencies offer to their staff in the way of an allowance. Although rare, this could potentially be a problem and therefore plenty of processes and regulations lie in the way of people being able to take advantage of the system in this way.

Firstly, all carers will need to be extensively trained and assessed before they can take on the role of looking after a vulnerable child. This period of time will depend on the particular local authority or national laws in place, but can generally last around six months.

In this case, it is very easy for the authorities or agencies training the individual to determine if they are genuinely suited to the role and if their intentions are genuine when they sign up to be a foster carer. They are rigorously assessed at every step of the way, and only if they pass this six month period are they allowed to qualify as a carer and receive a placement.

Furthermore, carers are constantly supported through out their role with a child in the home, and a low quality of care will often result in the role being withdrawn and therefore any fostering allowance being discontinued. For this reason and the ones listed above, this allowance can be attractive, but mostly so for those who want to foster a child but cannot fund it themselves.

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The Truths About Foster Care and Adopting a Child

It’s Too Expensive

The fact is that many prospective foster carers don’t realise that adopting from foster care is free, while using a private agency costs a fortune, potentially. There are many agencies that offer adoption assistance in employee benefit packages which include leave time to help a child adjust, financial incentives and much more. Also, the government may help offset fees associated with being a foster carer or adopting. So honestly, it’s not too expensive. No more so than having biological children is.

Those considering becoming foster carers should check with funded programmes that offer financial assistance for those children who are able to be adopted and have special needs. Those needs include:

· Children over 8 years of age

· Minority children

· Children with emotional or physical disabilities

· Children with histories of risk for special needs

In most cases, these children are eligible for medical benefits until they are 18 years of age. Special needs is actually a misleading term, as these kids may just need to be placed with siblings, or they have emotional concerns as any child who needs to be adopted would.

Adopting from Foster Care is Too Difficult

Efforts have been made to streamline the adoption process, and it’s not as difficult as it once was. There are laws that ensure kids in foster care are freed for adoption if they can’t be reunited with their parents, and they should be placed with a loving family as soon as possible.

Sadly, there are not enough loving families for foster children. Many wonderful prospective parents may desire adopting an infant, but only because they are uninformed of older children who also are in dire need of families. Many find it’s easy to fall in love with these older children, and gain much from the fact they’ve made a huge impact on a child’s life. Truthfully, an older child can make the transition easier because they can express their feelings about joining a new family.

As a Foster Carer One Must Be Perfect

Prospective foster carers and adoptive parents don’t have to be married, own a home or be rich! Further, they don’t have to be of a particular race, sexual orientation or age. More importantly they should be able to commit to the child’s well-being, and be patient and loving. These are the characteristics that agencies are looking for. A sense of humor also helps!

There’s No Support After Adoption

Financial assistance doesn’t stop once the child is placed or adopted. They are always eligible for subsidies that help offset costs in association with post-adoption. These include monthly cash allotments, social services and medical. A proper agency can help the foster carer get what they need to support the child.

There are also many programmes put in place that give financial assistance to some adoptive kids who carry special needs. They’re offered to children through the 18th birthday, and medical is offered to age 21.

Children Adopted by a Foster Carer Have “Baggage”

This is perhaps the largest and most terrible misconception of any. Foster children are just like any other child, they can thrive in a good environment and achieve success if the foster carer supplies them with a stable environment full of love, patience and kindness.

Truthfully, even biological children struggle, so either way being a parent or being a foster carer requires that one commit themselves to the success and happiness of the child.

Having been officially registered since February 2013, Little Acorns Fostering is a family run business that has gotten good ratings through providing stable placements for children in need. They carry several years of experience in social work, residential care and fostering services as well as judicial knowledge. They offer care and compassion to children who enter the system, and foster families. Priding themselves on being a close knit company, they continue to use their passion and drive to bettering the fostering experience and making a difference in people’s lives for the better. Anyone who joins the team will appreciate the full access to a well-trained, caring team of individuals. Visit Us

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My 18-Month Labor

Every time I read something about the joys of motherhood that focuses on the pregnancy as much as the precious first few days, weeks, and months, a little piece of me cringes. After years of trying to conceive, we were faced with the decision to go down a complicated path that would put us in a more advantageous position to possibly conceive (an iffy proposition at best), or we could adopt and know we’d definitely have a child.

We chose adoption… and we’ve never looked back.

Yet the vast majority of endearing blogs and articles on motherhood stress the pregnancy part. The feeling of the baby kick, the months of waiting, the breastfeeding once the baby is born.

So, for all my fellow mothers who had a baby through adoption, here is the list of experiences that finally we can relate to. Here is our testament to the determination to takes to have a baby.

1. Poking and Prodding. The joy and anticipation of holding that bundle of joy is preceded by the most invasive list of conditions known to man. First there are the exams… physical, mental/emotional, and even financial. Next comes the fingerprints (local, state, and federal) and FBI background checks. After that comes the home visits from the social worker, then child services-who wants to check that you have (of all things) the right kind of locks on your doors-and finally the fire department, who wants to see your fire escape plan from every room in the house, as well as the 50,000 fire extinguishers and escape ladder that are mandatory.

2. A Picture is Worth… As you present your life story in one 20-page picture, all you can do is hope you picked the right picture, the right vacation photo, the right snappy caption for every snapshot. Then the worry sets in-do we seem fun? Do we seem like too much fun? Do we seem excited or desperate? Does our house and lifestyle seem comfortable or do we come across of pretentious and trying too hard? Does my hair look funny in that picture? Oh crap, she will hate my hair! Who wants to a woman with hair like that to raise a child!!! Oh, that just a shadow… Wait, what is that on my face!?!

3. Excitement and Devastation. Once you finally let go of the profile and it is sent around to agencies and birth mothers across the country, you get phone call after phone call with opportunities… which are then followed by phone call after phone call that they chose someone else (it was the hair, wasn’t it!), or that the adoption fell through. And suddenly you are right back where you were when you were trying to conceive, with loss after loss and failure after failure. All you can do is try, hope, and cry.

4. Sheer Joy. The Day. The day you learned you were going to be a mother. (Mine was July 12.) You got the call that they chose you. YOU! Of all the profiles in all the world, they chose yours. And, in three, five, seven months, you are going to be a mother. Once again, all you can do is hope and cry.

5. Oh… My… God! I’m going to be a mother… in three months. All that prep. All that planning and prodding and poking and here it is. Just three short months, your child will be in your arms. Crap! Do I tell anyone? Do I have a shower? What if it falls through? Do I not have a shower, and just buy the essentials myself-the crib and car seat? What if something goes wrong and I have to walk by that crib day after day. Okay, car seat yes, crib no.

6. The Call. Of all the moments in my life, be it having my husband propose, getting married, being offered by dream job, or even getting the call my dad died suddenly, nothing will ever compare to our birth mom calling me to tell me Kennedy was here. Please come to Philly. From one simple picture, I was in love like never before.

7. The First Kiss. The nervousness of walking into that hospital room after a frantic 2 hour drive, preceded by an even more insane packing session (what does one wear to meet their daughter!) when you have no idea how long you will be gone and what the weather is like where you are going! Then the conflicting emotions of meeting your birth mother for the first time (unbelievable gratitude and heartache for her all at the same time), which is quickly overwhelmed by tears that simply will not stop streaming down your face as you hold your daughter in your arms and kiss her sweet face.

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